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Schools and the Politics of Religion and Diversity in the Republic of IrelandSeparate But Equal?$
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Karin Fischer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091964

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091964.001.0001

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Social upheavals and discourses on Irish identity: the place of religion

Social upheavals and discourses on Irish identity: the place of religion

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(p.32) 2 Social upheavals and discourses on Irish identity: the place of religion
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Schools and the Politics of Religion and Diversity in the Republic of Ireland
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Karin Fischer

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091964.003.0003

Chapter 2 gives an insight into the main social transformations in the Republic of Ireland since the 1960s and the consequences of these developments for the place of religion in contemporary society and in the dominant representations of Irish national identity, within the political sphere in particular. These transformations include the on-going process of relative secularisation, along with a wider sociocultural and religious diversification that was accelerated by significant levels of immigration in the 1990s and 2000s. These changes have sparked a public debate on the place of the Christian tradition and identity in the Irish public sphere and on the Irish State as a Christian nation (with communitarian undertones) or as a republican nation.

Keywords:   Irish national identity, Secularisation, Sociocultural and religious diversity, Immigration, Public sphere, Christian tradition, Christian identity, Communitarian, Republican nation

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